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CNN
Oct 13, 2012 11:00am EDT
, republican nominee mitt romney has a slight advantage over president barack obama in both states. in florida, romney is at 49%, obama at 46. and romney's advantage in new hampshire is four points, 50-46%. ohio is one of the key swing states for both romney and obama. both have spent a whole lot of time there talking with voters. here's cnn's political editor paul steinhauser. >> good morning, randi. it's all about the buckeye state today. >> we need your help. we've got to win ohio. you've got to get your friends to help us win ohio. >> reporter: that's why mitt romney is spending his second straight day in ohio, where 18 electoral votes are up for grabs. mr. obama won the state four years ago. now ohio is one of the states romney really needs to turn red again in order to make it to the white house. the republican presidential nominee holds two rallies in the state today and his running mate paul ryan also campaigns separately in the buckeye state. president obama was in ohio a few days ago. next week, bruce springsteen will team up with former president clinton to stump for obama i
CNN
Oct 15, 2012 2:00pm EDT
begins at 7:00 eastern. >>> as we look ahead to tomorrow night, you know both mitt romney and president obama are hunkering down, all about debate prep. today, who do we see? first lady. also want to remind you we'll be hearing from ann romney sometime next -- this hour in pennsylvania. but here is the first lady, she is in delaware, ohio. that's the town. delaware, ohio. take a listen. >> he is incredibly smart. but let me tell you, that is not why i married him. no. no. what truly made me fall in love with my husband was his character, you know. i mean that, it was his decency and honesty. it is the same thing we see in him every single day as president, that compassion and conviction. see, i loved that barack was so committed to serving others that he turned down high paying jobs and instead started his career working to get folks back to work in struggling communities. and i loved -- [ applause ] >> yes. one of my favorite things about that man. and i loved that barack was so devoted to his family. when we first met, especially the women in his life. i saw the respect that he had fo
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 2:00pm EDT
president obama and mitt romney both will be in ohio today. keep in mind, ohio, the 18 electoral votes considered up to now a tossup, despite the fact that many polls have given an edge to the president. i promised you last hour john king, i deliver, of course, john king, good to see you, he's in columbus right now. and, hang on, john king, i do have to get this in, paul steinhauser, our colleague, in washington, he's updated our cnn poll of polls, and this is an average of nine national polls. and for the first time, in my recollection, this cnn poll of polls shows a lead for mitt romney. romney leading obama here, 48% to 47% in our cnn poll of polls. and, john, i'm wondering, since we're seeing this post debate swing, it appears toward romney, are the predebate polls in ohio that show that obama lead, are those pretty much null and void? >> i would wait until the top of the hour and release our new cnn poll from the state of ohio. i talked to the romney campaign, some sources in the romney campaign a short time ago, and they say they have governor romney down one point in ohio. we'll
CNN
Oct 15, 2012 4:00pm EDT
his lackluster performance. right now, both he and mitt romney, they are preparing intensively for another faceoff, this time at new york's hofstra university. a faceoff that could help decide the white house race. our national political correspondent jim acosta is joining us from boston right now where romney is preparing. what's the latest on romney's preparation? what do we know, jim? >> wolf, dethe bait prep has seemed like seclusion over the last 24 hours. president obama and mitt romney have rarely ventured out into public. it is a reminder of how high the stakes will be tomorrow night. >> i brought some food. >> after joking his debate prep was a drag last time around, president obama assured supporters in a campaign office in virginia he's hitting the books. mitt romney was only seen briefly during his preparations heading in and out of church on sunday. in romney's sparring sessions, rob portman is once again playing the president. while adviser peter flaherty has the role of moderator, cnn's candy crowley. as portman indicated sunday, the campaign is getting ready to rumb
CNN
Oct 15, 2012 5:00am EDT
know what that difference is. colbert clarified what he expects to see from both obama and romney on nbc's "meet the press." >> i think there's a possibility that obama would be, say, more aggressive -- a more aggressive reformer changer in the second act of his presidency and i don't really know how -- i also don't know how mitt romney would govern. he might govern as a technocrat. that seems to have been his career like the guy from pepsi who comes in to run gm m. he hasn't seen the books yet. >> colbert said he would not run for office adding "i have said terrible things with a straight face." can you imagine the political ads that could run against me. >> that's as serious as i've ever seen him. five minutes past the hour. coming up the nobel committee in sweden set to announce the winner of this year's nobel prize for economics. who will it be? we'll have that for you at 7:00 a.m. eastern time. >>> the number of fungal meningitis cases keeps going up, 205 people are now infected but the number of people who died is unchanged. it stands at 15. >>> 14 states are now reporting case
CNN
Oct 14, 2012 9:00am EDT
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CNN
Oct 8, 2012 2:00pm EDT
music service. he and mitt romney both have a play list that, again, i think it is trying to give them the character or persona. mitt romney has johnny cash on his. obama has arcade fire. all these, like -- i was listening to them this morning and just sort of -- you read so much into it, what do they mean by that lyric? what are they trying to say? >> why are they choosing -- arcade fire. who exactly mentioned they must have a group in charge of social media, which would be a pretty awesome job if you're a youngster out of college, right, and tweeting on behalf of the president or mitt romney. is that who it is? >> yeah. mostly it is not the candidates posting. >> it is not? >> shocker. so there are people employed to do this. i think this came out of the 2008 campaign, you know, president obama had a lot of success reaching out particularly to young voters on text messages and social networks. you mentioned that was more twitter and facebook then and now spreading into these other networks too like tumbler or spotify. >> how successful, ultimately, as you mention that young voting bl
CNN
Oct 15, 2012 7:00am EDT
romney in both that he can claw his way back to victory. is the format of this debate even possible to do that? a town hall? how do you obliterate somebody in a town hall? >> look, i'm not sure obliteration is the key goal here. people make up their minds based on a whole set of observations during the campaign. this debate is certainly important. it's a great opportunity not only for the president, but for the president to focus the american people in on mitt romney. and, again, you know, how are -- what is it that mitt romney is saying today? how does that compare to what mitt romney said during the primary? these are two entirely different candidates. i think whether it's a town hall format, whether it's just a moderator format, it's a great opportunity for the president to dive into that. >> governor, margaret hoover here. is it the president's strategy only to keep the focus on mitt romney and mitt romney's history or does he have plans to actually be specific about his own second agenda, second term agenda plans and to talk like my colleague john berman said about benghazi to
CNN
Oct 13, 2012 4:00am EDT
moment that both the president and governor romney are looking for in these debates, to show they can actually connect with the voters in the audience that night. >> how nervous do candidates get? i don't need any names but before a debate. they've done this before, they've obviously given a ton of speeches, but you know, they are human beings. how nervous do they get? >> we forget that sometimes. they are human, and they do get very nervous. some of them have different rituals or things they do to try to relieve that nervousness. prepping a candidate for a debate is really about prepping them in three areas. it's making sure they know the things they need to know. it's making sure you have a strategy going into the debate, in terms of message that you're going to advance and how you're going to execute advancing that message, what attacks you will use, but the final and probably most important thing is having them mentally prepared. making sure that they're ready to go out and stand under those lights and execute that strategy. >> i just find it fascinating stuff. it would be great t
CNN
Oct 13, 2012 1:00am EDT
times. we talked about can governor romney put pennsylvania into play. both of these states were out of reach, michigan and pennsylvania heading into the first debate. look where they are now. dead heat statistically in the state of michigan, where romney was born. his dad was governor. in pennsylvania, a close race as well with the president on top. i'm a bit skeptical. i want to see if this happens in a second and third poll but this is very important. states like this suddenly being in play heading into the final couple of weeks because if the president has to start spending time and money defending pennsylvania and defending michigan, that means less time the president is spending in florida, in ohio, in the western battlegrounds. at the moment the map is expanding, finally the romney campaign would say in its favor. >> interesting. john, thanks. >>> let's dig deeper. let's look forward to round three of the debates on tuesday, where the campaign is headed. joined by patrick millsaps, former chief of staff and paul begala. the latest polls came out after last week's debate but al
CNN
Oct 11, 2012 9:00am EDT
is very consistent. >> ana, you heard from both of them. romney has moved to the center, appears to have moved from the center. could it backfire both with his base and perhaps undecideds who don't think he holds sincere beliefs? and even with women, aafter hearing that comment from the des moines register and then saying something that appears to be different. could that change that? >> don, you know i haven't been mitt romney's biggest defender or biggest fan but i don't really see a great inconsistency in what he said and what he has said. he said he won't be pursuing legislation. i'm glad to hear that. frank frankly the difference between taking executive action or pursuing legislation is a big one. it takes a lot of political capital to get legislation through. i don't think you will get any sort of abortion rights or abortionless legislation through a democrat senate or very close held senate. >> can you more be more specific about why you think that it's not a flip flop? why don't you think this is a big deal? >> because i -- you know, he's saying he's not going to pursue leg
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 7:00am EDT
obama and mitt romney will both campaign in ohio today, key battleground states. two national polls show the race basically tied at this point, taken after the debate gives mitt romney a four-point lead over president obama, 49% to 45%. last month that same poll had romney trailing the president by eight points. there is good news from the president. latest gallup tracking poll has him leading romney by five points. some of that survey taken before the debate but a lot of it taken after. >>> starring big bird, produced after mitt romney declared he would cut funding for pbs during last week's debate. it is laced with sarcasm, casting the sesame street character as an evil corporate fiend. >> bernie madoff, ken lay, criminals, glutton of greed. and the evil genius who towered over them? one man has the guts to speak his name. >> big bird. big bird. big bird. >> it's me, big bird. >> a menace to our economy. mitt romney knows it's not wall street you have to worry about. it's sesame street. >> i am going to stop the subsidy to pbs. >> mitt romney, taking on our enemies, no matter wher
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 9:00pm EDT
romney was to win again by the same yardstick he won this time, it could be game over. thank you both gentlemen very much indeed. >>> next, a change of pace. we've had a bit of wrestling and slamming around the last ten minutes. who better to bring in than hulk hogan? we will talk about all sorts of stuff, including that videotape. i'm sure he wants to get it off his chest. i'm an expert on softball. and tea parties. i'll have more awkward conversations than i'm equipped for because i'm raising two girls on my own. i'll worry about the economy more than a few times before they're grown. but it's for them, so i've found a way. who matters most to you says the most about you. massmutual is owned by our policyholders so they matter most to us. massmutual. we'll help you get there. when you take a closer look... ...at the best schools in the world... ...you see they all have something very interesting in common. they have teachers... ...with a deeper knowledge of their subjects. as a result, their students achieve at a higher level. let's develop more stars in education. let's invest in o
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 5:00pm EDT
come election day. again, it's a critical state not only for the president but for mitt romney, and that's why you see them both spending so much time in the state of ohio. >> all right. dan lothian traveling with the president there on the west coast. sthoonks much. republican mitt romney is spending the weekend in florida where he's talking to crowds and trying to win their support. he spent yesterday preparing for the next debate. it's a must-win state if he wants to capture the white house, and today romney again wednesday on the offense against president obama on health care. >> if he is re-elected, he will install obama care. with it your xwrpremiums will gp an extra $2,500 above what they already are according to the congressional budget office. my plan is that i will finally get control of the excessive costs in health care by repealing and replacing obama care with real reforms. >> romney and obama will debate again just nine days from now, october 16th. you can watch the vice presidential debate right here on cnn this week. joe biden/paul ryan go at it on thursday. the cov
CNN
Oct 10, 2012 7:00pm EDT
voters in loudon county like john dyer, romney and obama both still have an opening, but they need to talk specific solutions. when you see the sequester looming, what does it make you feel? frustrated? >> concerned. concerned about the trickle down effect that might happen if the budgets were cut, some of the partnering opportunities we would have with prime contractors might not move forward. >> and that would be devastating to your business? >> yes, it would. >> in the next debates, both candidates will need to present a plan to avoid blunt edges. northern virginia, a totally different political complexion. now with the sequester hanging over local small businesses, people are concerned, anxious and frustrated and looking for solutions from the candidates. >> and ahead, congress demands answers about the events that led to the terrorist attack in libya that killed four americans. who knew what and when. tonight, an exclusive interview with the sister of a navy s.e.a.l. killed that night. plus, a new role for mitt romney's wife. ann going on the attack. attack ann. but is it working
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 1:00am EDT
bit of both. it was a lot of both. president obama was way off, and mitt romney was very much on his game. you know, i don't remember many debates where it's hard to think of a memorable gaffe or a memorable knockout blow, and yet there was a very visible mark that was an undebatable victor of the debate, and it was mitt romney. he did it because for 90 sustained minutes, it was like he was debating a limp piece of spaghetti. >> yeah, it was like the chair. this is honest talk. let's talk about the job numbers. it could have come at a better time, and how big of a help is this below 8% jobless rate, do you think? i want to see what the republicans think about that? mitt romney can't say the unemployment rate is above 8%? >> absolutely it was a help, and on friday, just after the debate, and let me tell you, don, i am a republican, but when it comes to unemployment numbers i am an american first, i am not on the red or blue team, and i want our economy to strengthen and i want us to recover as a country and the smartest thing any political person can do is celebrate america doing bett
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 12:00am EDT
showing this huge shift toward romney. those are both really good polls. >> the key thing is what mitt romney did in denver, he didn't blow it. had he done the performance that barack obama did, it could have been all over by now. and it isn't. game on. good to see you again. >> thank you. >> coming up, mitt romney's unexpected surge with female voters. are women abandoning the president and turning to mitt romney? i will ask top women on the right and the left. p with me, i went to the citi private pass page and decided to be...not boring. that's how i met marilyn... giada... really good. yes! [ jack ] ...and alicia. ♪ this girl is on fire [ male announcer ] use any citi card to get the benefits of private pass. more concerts, more events, more experiences. [ jack ] hey, who's boring now? [ male announcer ] get more access with the citi card. [ crowd cheering, mouse clicks ] [ male announcer ] get more access with the citi card. perform, compete and grow. and people are driving this change. that's the power of human resources. the society... for human resource management and it
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 9:00pm EDT
both really good polls. >> the key thing is what mitt romney did in denver, he didn't blow it. had he done the performance that barack obama did, it could have been all over by now. and it isn't. game on. good to see you again. >> thank you. >> coming up, mitt romney's unexpected surge with female voters. are women abandoning the president and turning to mitt romney? i will ask top women on the right and the left. [ female announcer ] food, meet flavor. flavor, meet food. it's time for swanson flavor boost. concentrated broth in easy to use packets. mix it into skillet dishes, for an instant dose of... hell-o! [ female announcer ] get recipes at flavorboost.com. every picture tells a story. of course, some stories are bigger than others.o! okay guys, here we go. everybody say, 'cheeeeeeeee-eeeeeese'. got it. throughout our lives. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day 50+. to support cell health. ♪... ♪... ♪... choose the perfect hotel without bidding. alriwo
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 10:00pm EDT
statistical tie in pennsylvania. that's based on surveys done both before and after the debate and nationally in gallup's daily tracking poll which covers october 2nd through the 8th, mitt romney now holds a two point edge. today, gallup shifted from registered to likely voters, which tends to favor republicans. that said, though, it is hard to find any evidence, any evidence that president obama escaped denver without at least some damage. the only question being how severe and how long-lasting. that seems hard to dispute. just as it's hard to dispute that prior to the debate, mr. romney was getting hammered in the polls. keeping them honest though, disputing or downplaying the obvious, that's what campaigns do on both sides. >> it's not going to be about the polls. >> i wouldn't put a lot of weight in any of these national polls for the next couple days. >> in terms of mitt romney surging, just remember how much of a deficit he had to make up. he was in some cases double digits behind the president in all those attributes. >> pull back the reins. >> the media is focusing on one p
CNN
Oct 14, 2012 6:00am EDT
now. both presidential candidates are off the trail as they get ready for tuesday's second presidential debate. mitt romney gave a preview of what he'd like to talk about on tuesday. >> i'd like to ask why we've gone from 32 million people on food stamps and over the last four years now up to 47 million on food stamps. that's an increase of 15 million people, more than those in ohio. what he wants to talk about instead of food stamps or that half the kids coming out of college can't find work or college-level work, now one out of six americans is living in poverty, what he wants to talk about is how he can save big bird. >> federal spending on food stamps is around 150 times more than spending on pbs. paul ryan's plan would cut around $33 billion from the program. what you don't know is this. food stamps is at an all-time high with over 46 million people on it. but over the year it has been growing. >>> we have some new numbers this morning on that race. the recommend montana poll shows president obama with a two-point lead over mitt romney. what's interesting in the number
CNN
Oct 11, 2012 3:00am EDT
mitt romney tonight, accusing him of flip-flopping on key issues welcome to you both. before we go anywhere, i want to play this attack regarding the comments on abortion. >> this is another example of governor romney hiding positions he has been campaigning on for a year and a half. >> is it a lie? >> i mean, governor romney has made it very clear that if a bill comes to his desk that overturns roe versus wade, he will sign it. and he has said he will overturn roe versus wade. and now four weeks before the election, he is trying to cloud the question. >> he has performed more flip-flops on abortion than almost any politician ever. >> i don't think this is a flip-flop, you can be pro life, but also say we have to turn this economy around first. mitt romney has been running on this five-point plan to save the economy, and it has things like we're going to fix trade -- >> yes, yes, yes, but hang on, yes, but the reason that he is the nominee, is because he battled in the nominee race, i remember, i was covering it at the time. day after day, and one of the main stronger arguments he
CNN
Oct 10, 2012 12:00pm EDT
democrats are accusing mitt romney of trying to straddle both sides of the debate in an interview with the "des moines register" yesterday romney said he doesn't intend to push for legislation to restrict abortion if he is elected president. here's the quote. "there is no legislation with regards to abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda." but then he goes on to say that he is still firmly "pro-life." abortion is, of course, a big talker right now among female voters in particular, and that's a group romney has been having a hard time attracting. if the goal is to bring in more women into the republican fold, is saying abortion isn't going to be an issue going to be enough? >> maybe a first step, if that's what mitt romney is trying to do here. his campaign is pushing back on that. fred, historically, there's been a gender gap when it comes to presidential elections. the majority of women tend to favor the democratic candidates. jorlt of men tend to favor the republican candidates. it's still around this cycle. take a look at this from gallop. this is the m
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 9:00am EDT
being a rino. he he is adopting a more moderate tone. i am elated by it, carol. it happens on both sides of the aisle. we're seeing a multi-dimensional mitt romney. we had seen the businessman, the fix-up artist. we had not seen the guy, the father, the human, the friend. we're seeing a will the more of that. it's helping. he had to do it. he had a huge gap. my question is, what took you so long? they're a great influence on him. we've known, we've heard that ann range of motiomney is calle stabilizer, very close family, close couple. the more of this mitt we see the better. conservatives will be fine with it and are fine with it. at his stump events you're seeing thousands and thousands and thousands of people. that's the base that's showing up. look, if we win, if we can win, we don't care if it's the moderate or conservative, which one it is. we want mitt romney. we don't want president obama reelected. >> wait. i thought things were shifting, at least some conservative analysts were saying it's shifting, like tess no longer republican voters just want to vote against obama, now
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 7:00am EDT
for both the president and mitt romney is very, very, very similar. >> well, soledad, we would disagree with that. the president came to power with a hand outreached for engagement. he kept quiet during the green revolution when those seeking freedom and space with civil society in tehran were being beaten, arbitrarily arrested and even killed. and he's continued to reach out. these sanctions he's now imposing now actually were forced on him by democratic senator menendez and republican senator mark kirk. the white house opposed those. the message in tehran has been one of weakness. and not resolve. bismarck, the great leader in europe in the 19th century once said that diplomacy without the use of force is music without instruments. this administration doesn't have credibility. the result is that the president of iran comes to the united states, and he -- he says that israel should be eliminated. he says that we don't have a right to contain his nuclear breakout. then our president doesn't have the time to meet with our best ally in the region, bibi netanyahu but goes on whoop
CNN
Oct 12, 2012 4:00pm EDT
romney, they're both willing to say and do anything to become president and vice president. and they're a little fast and loose with the facts. that's a lesson we've learned. we've been holding their feet to the fire over the last ten days. and we're going to continue to do that. the president included. >> the president says he was a little too polite last time. maybe he'll be less polite this time. here's another little exchange that the vice president had with paul ryan. i'm going to play some of these clips. >> 7.4 million seniors are projected to lose the current medicare advantage coverage they have, that's a $3,200 benefit cut -- >> more people -- >> these are from your own actuaries. >> more people signed up for medicare advantage after the change. >> it's a plan i put together with a prominent democratic senator from oregon -- >> there's not one democrat that endorses it. not one democrat who signed the plan -- >> mr. vice president, i know you're under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but i think we would be better served if we don't keep interrupting each other. >>
CNN
Oct 13, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >> in fairness, both obama in romney are talking about alternative ways of doing this. eliminating the deductions that an individual can take. >> romney told me $25,000 -- >> and the president has proposed to reduce the rate at which you can item yieds it. >> but romney started out at 17,000 and then to you he start of raised the cap a little bit. >> and chuck shumer threw a ball into this. we have a trillion deficit. why are we reducing tax rates at all. let's use it to our deficit reduction rather than lowering rates at the top. >> you know this as i did. when biden kept talking about raising taxes for people making a million or more as opposed to $250,000. >> that's a chuck schumer idea as well coming from new york. >> but all this should tell us is that before people go to the voting boothss, they're not going to know the answers to these questions. everyone would like to know the answers to these questions, but you have professional groups disagreeing about the economic impact of these things. so we don't really know. >> we have more clarity on the spending side where romney h
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 12:00pm EDT
ohio attorney general and romney supporter mike dewine. gentlemen, thank you both. let me sort of kick this off and answer the first question for you. governor strickland, i assume you believe that president obama will win ohio. back that up for me. >> well, most of the polls over the last several months have shown the president with a consistent -- small but a consistent lead, and that lead seems to have widened within the last 30 days. i believe the president is going to win ohio because he rescued the auto industry, which is so important to our state. he passed the recovery act, which is important to me in terms of keeping police officers and firefighters and teachers and other people, building infrastructure in our state. plus, you know, candy, the president tells the truth, and quite frankly, i don't think mr. romney is a very truthful person when it comes to talking about the economy and what he plans to do. he says, for example, that the ryan budget is a marvelous budget. it doesn't achieve balance for 30 years. it's not a fiscally responsible budget. it voucherizes medicare, an
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 11:00am EDT
couple of those things. you ma i see both of those things when mitt romney gets out here in just a few moment from now. the romney campaign is pretty pleased with what the american people saw at that presidential debate last week. they saw mitt romney going toe to toe with president obama and so now is another chance they think for the american people to say mitt romney filling out the role as commander in chief and laying out his foreign policy principles and then after the speech is over he will be meeting in a round table with a group of retired generals. again, another one of those images that the campaign would like to put out there of mitt romney as commander in chief. just to talk a little about what you and wolf were talking about a few moments ago, you go into the excerpts and you can take away a few different things. i was listening to a call yesterday and you just mentioned the situation in syria and they were talking about this idea of providing arms to the rebels in syria as an idea that would appeal to the left as to people who look at this from a humanitarian standpo
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 11:00pm EDT
president and his campaign's press secretary, both today. >> the centerpiece of governor romney's economic plan is a new $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthiest americans. >> the fact is that mitt romney's got $5 trillion tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires that he would make seniors and the middle class pay for. >> well, the voice you just heard there, ben le bolt. "outfront" tonight, you're going to talk to ben. he is obama's campaign press secretary. ben, good to talk to you. this $5 trillion number. obviously, you've gone through the math, as your campaign gets it in terms of how you get to $5 trillion in cuts, or nearly so. and also the eliminating the deductions, loopholes, which you say leave a $1 trillion hole. so why focus on the $5 trillion when by your own math you're saying it's a $1 trillion number? >> well, that's the proposal that mitt romney laid out. we can talk about the math specifically. i brought you the different pieces of his tax plan that he listed. >> i like your version, all scribbled in a sharpie there, huh? >> we don't have the sharp graph
CNN
Oct 10, 2012 12:00am EDT
there aren't many actresses who say vote mitt romney? >> i think maybe there's some bit of both. i have no idea. as you know, there are a lot of people on twitter, some people there do not say the nicest things to people, particularly people in the public eye. that happens a lot. can i get into the mind of people who do that sort of thing, i absolutely cannot. is it in general, do people think that more of hollywood is liberal than conservative? i think that people generally think that's true. >> rick, what do you make of this? it seems a particularly poisonous reaction. she seems a perfectly nice young lady to me. she's perfectly entitled for who the hell she likes. you guys are the beneficiary here of her vote. i'm sure mitt romney is very happy about that. but it came in a week when there was an 18 point swing back to mitt romney amongst women. hardly surprising that a woman, despite the fact she's a black actress, has decided that she prefers mitt romney now. lots of women are making that decision. so why the fury? >> i think there are lots of blacks supporting romney. there are lot
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 4:00am EDT
poll showing romney with a lead raises the already high stakes for both tickets on thursday night. vice president biden, paul ryan. does either have an advantage, you think, going in? >> you could say paul ryan is younger, has more passion, has more energy. you could say joe biden is more experienced, 36 years in the senate, the sitting vice president, he's been on this stage before. biden on paper has more experience at this. ryan says he's outgunned. we will see how it goes. let's be honest. americans pick presidents, not vice presidents. rare can you go back in history and phone a game-changing, race-changing vice presidential debate. you mentioned governor romney does have some debate right now. the republican base is energized right now, so this is how his campaign views this. paul ryan can continue that momentum or he can do something that chokes off that momentum. that's the big question. >> there was a lot of pressure in 2008 when biden was going against palin and he had to come off as not being condescending, not seeming sort of dismissive of her. it's a very different dy
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Oct 9, 2012 12:00pm EDT
damaging to relations between both countries and cause internal turmoil. >> of course lots of questions for mitt romney about that foreign policy plan, the new polls, the debate performance, and today our wolf blitzer has a live interview with mitt roy in that at 6:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. and thursday it's the vice presidential debate. live coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00 pacific. >>> his nickname is fearless felix. he's getting ready to jump from the edge of space. 23 miles above the globe to be exact. felix baumgartner is getting ready to plummet to the earth to break a skydiving record. he'll leap from a specially built balloon and capsule wearing a high tech spacesuit that actually weighs 100 pounds. if it goes wrong, it could go terribly wrong. and now all he has to do is wait for the weather. he was supposed to go at 10:30 eastern this morning, but it's been delayed. chad myers is with me. the conditions that he needs of course aren't available today, but tell us what kinds of conditions he needs to make this a success. >> the problem this morning was tha
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Oct 7, 2012 8:00am EDT
going to be mentioned, but i think at the very base level, both mitt romney and the president believed that it is unacceptable for -- to develop nuclear weapons. on that they agree. on their rhetoric, maybe not the case. mitt romney has said and probably will say monday that the president has not been good to israel. he has said in the past that barack obama has thrown israel under the bus. whether that's true is debatable, but, you know, israel and the united states remain good allies. >> nice to have you on the program this morning. thank you. >> thank you. >> reaching new heights. one man is planning a record-setting sky dive. instead of the usual three miles up, try 23 miles. we'll hear from him next. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios it's called passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we understand that commitment. so does aarp, serving americans 50 and over for generations. so it's no surprise mill
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Oct 15, 2012 12:00pm EDT
coming in 22 days until election day, so the stakes are high. not just for both campaigns, but for you, my friend. president obama has been prepping for deet bait at a resort in williamsburg, virginia. mitt romney is in his home state in the boston area getting ready for tomorrow night, and we have a debate preview coming up in just a minute. we're also going to hear from our political team this hour. paul steinhauser has the latest poll numbers. wolf blitzer wag in on the state of the race as of today. joe johns explaining why ohio is so important and why things might be changing there. tomorrow night's debate takes place at hofstra university on new york's long island. it is the second of three debates, and as we mentioned, it's that town hall style format. candidates get to take questions from the audience, and the topics both domestic and foreign policy this time around. what about that audience? they're going to be made up of undecided voters, and they were chosen by a specific group, the gallop organization. so our athena jones has a preview now of just what is at stake for both
CNN
Oct 12, 2012 9:00am EDT
with your assessment. the thing that both romney and joe biden did was that they controlled the tone and tenor of the conversation. >> right. >> that both were able to decide what the conversation would be about and when they would assert it. >> as a director of debate isn't that what you teach your students to do. absolutely. that's what i am interested in. i am interested in my students understanding that you have to connect with the audience and a major component of connecting with the audience is figuring out what they want and telling them here's what i have to offer. >> so the interruption part that everyone is talking about, isn't it part of it, too, if the moderator is not stopping, it's up to the moderator to facilitate it, right? not to sort of facilitate it, but isn't part of it throwing your opponent off? >> i think it is part of throwing your opponent off and it is a tactic that joe biden can use and it may not have been one afforded to paul ryan in this instance. that if paul ryan interrupted 80 times he would have been seen as being unacceptable strategy because of wha
CNN
Oct 14, 2012 3:00pm EDT
depends on which of these two roads america takes on election day. i'm going to take you down both paths in this show starting with what 2016 will look look under a president mitt romney. start with jobs. he says 12 million jobs will be created in the next four years. i keep telling you that claim is ridiculous considering the sluggish growth we're seeing right now and the new downward revision. but for the purpose of this exercise, i'm going to take him at his word and presume a historic surge in jobs lies ahead. let's talk about taxes. next i'm going to let governor romney explain this for himself. >> well, i've made it pretty clear that my principles are, number one, simplify the code, number two, create incentives for large businesses and small businesses to grow, number 3, don't burden high income taxpayers, and number 4, reduce the burden of tax for middle income people. >> he can do that, we'll have a brand new tax plan. it's bold, but nobody has really done it since reagan. finally, let's look at the deficit. romney is planning to cut more funding than big bird and pbs. his plan
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Oct 7, 2012 3:00pm EDT
, it's bringing policy both presidential candidates disagree with. you heard mitt romney saying he wants to staple a green card to the degree. where is the holdup? where is the problem? >> i i call them juveniles battling each other rather than try to fix the problem. everyone needs we need a start-up visa to start entrepreneur companies here, that we want more scientists, more engineers, more doctors, it's good for america, but they won't give each other political victory. both sides support stem, but they won't agree on legislation for petty wrangling they're doing. it's really silly what's going on in capitol hill. >> the same stuff we've been talking about the rest of the show, they can't agree on stuff that will likely send us into a recession, they can't agree on that. so this is probably way down on the political totem pole. by the way, it's probably easiest to get rich in asia, so does this support the possibility that there are opportunities in other countries for highly skilled workers. the u.s. is not the only game for them. >> absolutely. duke surveyed 700 entrepreneurs
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00pm EDT
ambassador, you both made great points. thanks so much for being "outfront with us tonight. >>> and we have to move on our to fourth story "outfront," mitt romney speaking at length about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi that killed ambassador stevens and three others and what he would do about the situation there. >> in libya, i'll support the libyan people's efforts to forge a lasting government that represents all of them. and i'll vigorously pursue the terrorists who attacked our consulate in benghazi and killed our fellow americans. >> eli lake with the daily beast has been out front on the libya story from the beginning with what the u.s. knew, when the u.s. knew it. he joins us once again with increasing information on this. so, i want you to clear up something. you've been reporting today about the militia and some leaders of that militia in benghazi, who were allied with our mission there, but then said we're done with you because you don't like who we support for our new leadership. was that accurate? were they threatening to pull that work away and leave u
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Oct 13, 2012 8:00am EDT
. >> with the second presidential debate a few days away, mitt romney will be preparing but not until after he and paul ryan stop in keystone state of ohio. and paul ryan will be in youngstown and both are hoping to capitalize from the momentum of the first presidential debate. speaking of momentum and check out the new cnn poll of polls, and you can see that mitt romney has a two-point lead over president obama this the national poll, but as far as in ohio where the president holds a three-point lead there now. >> 12 miles, 2 days at 2 miles per hour, and that pretty much sums up the space shuttle "endeavour's" final journey. it is inching along through the street s of los angeles to its home at the california science center. once there, it will go on display on october 30th. >>> h shocking allegations for a zumba instructor who is accused of running a prostitution ring in kennebunk, maine. they say that alexis wright had sek with dozens of men with her business partner, and she faces hundreds of counts of prostitution charges and both wright and her business partner have pleaded not
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Oct 10, 2012 4:00pm EDT
the lead. that works for me. >> you can look at the scoreboard. >> romney's going to play a very fine line because he is trying to move to the middle. and what we need to do on the democratic side is say he moves both ways. he's inconsistent. he really has no backbone, no spine. you cannot have that type of personality when you're a president of the united states. in every position that he has ever held in the governor and now as a candidate he's flipped positions on any issue he's ever had to deal with. >> not any. >> wait. come on. >> during the republican debates, his opponents kept saying, wait a minute, when you were governor of massachusetts you were for gay marriage, pro-abortion rights. he says i changed since then. so he changed during the republican time and now he's changing back. >> toto, we're not in kansas anymore. mitt, we're not in the republican primary anymore. we're not running for a faction of the republican party. we're running to be government -- to lead the government of the entire united states. >> so say whatever he wants as long as he gets elected. >> i
CNN
Oct 10, 2012 9:00pm EDT
can't get much closer than this. mitt romney gaining on the president in poll after poll. >> and by the way, i think paul ryan will do great. >> both sides will join me here. and in the corner the democrats debby wasserman-schultz. >> it was a terrorist attack. let's be honest about it. flip-flopping again on abortion. frank bruni and my panelists go toe to toe. this is tpiers morgan tonight. >> good evening. 27 days to go until the election look at where we stand tonight. 48% for mitt romney and 47% for president obama. anything could happen on this race which tells you how high the stakes are. joe biden is in delaware tonight deep in debate preparations. paul ryan arriving in kentucky a little while ago. over the last four years we have not had the kind of strong leadership we needed in washington to take on our challenges. time and again he told us he would take on the things that he needs to. he hasn't and i will. >> in the midst of all of this talk of our debate. listen to what he told diane sawyer on abc. >> if you have a bad game you move on and move forward to the next one.
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Oct 7, 2012 5:00am EDT
. he did it his way and they did it their way. i think that mitt romney has done a great job as governor of massachusetts and he's a very talented guy and very good in what he does. so, look, we've got to look at both of those characters, both of those candidates, and really listen to them very carefully and not do a personality test or who is the most likeable, which usually always happens. but, i mean, what is the substance behind all that? >> let's take a short break. we'll come back and talk about movies. how you went from a tiny place in austria to a famous bodybuilder to a famous hollywood star. [ female announcer ] introducing yoplait greek 100. 100% new. 100% mmm... wow, that is mmm... it's so mmm you might not believe it's a hundred calories. new yoplait greek 100. it is so good. >>> arnold schwarzenegger's new book is called "total recall." extraordinary story. you know, however it's ended up this year, if you go back before all the scandal broke, really one of the most extraordinary career paths i've ever read. you're a guy who came from nothing, born in a small austr
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Oct 6, 2012 9:00pm EDT
of a job as he could do. he did it his way and they did it their way. i think that mitt romney has done a great job as governor of massachusetts and he's a very talented guy and very good in what he does. so, look, we've got to look at both of those characters, both of those candidates, and really listen to them very carefully and not do a personality test or who is the most likeable, which usually always happens. but, i mean, what is the substance behind all that? >> let's take a short break. we'll come back and talk about movies. how you went from a tiny place in austria to a famous bodybuilder to a famous hollywood star. come on, you gotta help us out here a little. [ male announcer ] febreze eliminates odors and leaves carpets fresh. ♪ [ male announcer ] febreze. eliminates odors and leaves carpets fresh. ♪ and leaves carpets fresh. why they have a raise your rate cd. tonight our guest, thomas sargent. nobel laureate in economics, and one of the most cited economists in the world. professor sargent, can you tell me what cd rates will be in two years? no. if he can't, no one
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